N° 5 Eau de Parfum by Chanel was introduced in 1986 and created by famous Chanel perfumer, Jacques Polge. When people speak of the iconic Chanel N° 5 (No. 5) Perfume, they most often mix two types (strengths) of Chanel No. 5 fragrance, Parfum (the Legend) and its less concentrated version, Eau de Parfum (EDP).
No. 5 Eau de Parfum is indeed less powerful concentration of the No. 5 perfume, trying to be as close to the character of the original fragrance as possible. But on the other hand it is also the legend's re-interpretation, underlining bright citrusy top notes and making vanilla drydown much warmer.
Polge once lucidly compared Chanel No. 5 perfume to a lion, if it were to be an animal... So, if the iconic Chanel No. 5 is the lion, then its Eau de Parfum version must be his lioness!
Timeless elegance and modernity, graceful and self-confident steps, warm embrace of different generations, subtle feminine power, black and white... Harmony:
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No. 5 Eau de Parfum can be described as floral aldehydic fragrance. Top notes include Neroli, Ylang-Ylang and cold aldehydes. The opening is more fresh and citrusy than in No. 5 Parfum, whereas the aldehydes are less sharp than in the original perfume. Heart (middle) notes are fresh jasmine (but not from Grasse Region; this one is just in No. 5 Perfume) and tender rose. Base notes are composed of a warm, deep blend of sandalwood, vetiver and vanilla. The drydown is slightly powdery.
Described notes are the key notes, but you can detect other scents as well; like bergamot or lemon in the top notes, in the middle notes iris and lily of the valley, whereas in the base notes among others also patchouli, musk, civet and oakmoss.
The sillage is beautiful and long-lasting, but not overpowering. This fragrance is definitely less powerful, maybe even more comforting and sweeter than No. 5 Perfume.
Scents develop differently on different skin types and change through the day. This is also the biggest critique for this fragrance, as on certain skin types it might develop into an old fashioned, cloying cologne-like smell.
Lady & Feelings
When I think of Coco Chanel's famous ambition for Chanel No. 5 perfume to incarnate a fragrance that would smell like a woman, it comes to my mind that No. 5 EDP version incarnates the smell of a modern business woman.
Cold aldehydes give her the power to draw the line between herself and the Neanderthal sharks she has to swim with and remind her to keep her claws sharp. But at the same time, soft floral heart and warm base of the fragrance keep her gentle femininity untouched. This fragrance leaves a warm trail of a foxy professional, self-confident,
free and independent woman, with a lot of taste for timeless elegance.
In my opinion, this fragrance is more suitable for business and office wear than for romantic occasions, as it is blends soft and warm feminine character with this slightly cold, dark and deep feeling created by the aldehydes. This classy fragrance is also highly recommended for special occasions, like business dinners... And the season? Uhmm, I'd say it is more suitable for the fall and winter... It will warm you up like a gentle cashmere sweater on a tranquil winter evening somewhere in the middle of Europe... It's snowing outside, but you're safely warm inside...
Like all the other Chanel No. 5 family members, No. 5 EDP is an excellent choice for a gift, be it for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Christmas or any other special occasions.
Majority of women, especially of more mature age, will like it, as it shines with its warmth and timeless elegance. It smells of luxury, mythical history and of Coco Chanel's independent, inimitable, avant-garde genius - but in a more tender way.
Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum is available in different bottles and volumes, but the classic (spray) bottle (see the photo above) resembles the iconic bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume the most...
Being the closest to the Lion King No. 5 Perfume, his Lioness, No. 5 Eau de Parfum, is even more expensive than Eau Première.
But you're right, your precious lady is sure worth it!
Suitable for: - Business occasions. - Office wear. - Special (evening) occasions. - Fall and winter.
Compliments: - Very elegant. (Fashion fades, only style remains the same. Coco Chanel) - Closest in character and power to the legendary Chanel No. 5 perfume. - Warm and comforting. - Excellent choice for perfume gift.
Critiques: - Development and staying power heavily depend on the skin type. - Expensive. - The aldehydes can be too strong. - Some might find it too old-fashioned.
What Do You Think About Her Olfactory Higness, the Lioness N° 5 Eau de Parfum (Chanel)?
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